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School Board Meeting

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

The Jackson-Madison County School Board met Monday night to discuss many hot topics. Board members said mainly money, but spent almost an hour discussing the possibility of charter schools.

The meeting ran three hours, which is later than usual, but because of upcoming graduations the board members conjoined the work session with the board meeting.

Superintendent Buddy White said he was excited about the decisions.

The general budget was approved for 2012-2013 school year by the board. Members said in order to produce the budget 19 positions were cut, but they were able to find places to move the staff so they would not lose their jobs.

Other actions taken at the meeting involved a motion made to continue to lease the Pinson School property for 10 more years versus selling it.

The topic of charter schools was brought up for discussion and if the tax-supported school system would succeed in Jackson-Madison County. Ideas bounced back-and-forth but no decision was made.

"It was not a unanimous vote because cuts were not necessarily embraced by everyone, but the board as a whole is what drives the systems and the board made its decision and I think it's a good one. I think we need to move forward with this budget on to the next step," said Supt. Buddy White of the Jackson-Madison County School System.

Many public high school students were recognized in front of the board tonight for their achievements. A senior at South Side High School, Elizabeth Stanfield, was recognized as the National Merit Scholar and Haslam Scholarship Recipient. Also, recognized were this year's Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) participants.

The next school board meeting will be in June.

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